In the Young Women's program of The Church, we have an annual "New Beginnings" night which is designed to introduce the new 12 year-olds coming into the organization during the coming year, as well as highlight the Personal Progress program.
Our Young Women's Board started planning for our big night in Jan/Feb. At one particular Board Meeting, we were going throught the program for the Night. Hmmm...what to do for a musical number??...we wanted something that would go with our theme the Night: "Lights, Camera, Arise!" with Hollywood premiere-inspired decor.
So...musical number? We could do an '80s revival and sing some of the "Arise and Shine Forth" numbers from MY day....maybe not. How 'bout a hymn? OK. Which one?
Meghan Goodfellow (yeah, ya totally guessed it...another one of my besties) suggested "Teach Me to Walk in the Light". NOW my interest is piqued. Hmmm...we could do a new arrangement, couldn't we? Even better still, Meghan suggested breaking up the hymn a little bit and throwing in a new verse with lyrics including the mutual theme for the year:
"Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations." Doctrine and Covenants 115:5
I'M IN!!! I could hear the music in my head as we were wrapping up our Board Meeting. I couldn't WAIT to get home and start working on it!
Just like my other arrangements, this one came very quickly. It was almost too easy. I brought it to church the next Sunday and introduced it to the girls for our opening song. Let me tell you, there is nothing so sweet and wonderful as hearing your work come to life for the very first time.
We had our New Beginnings night in March 2012. It was an amazing evening, made even more special for me because my oldest daughter, Nicole was the one and only 12 year-old introduced this year. To say that she is excited to be in Young Womens is a gross understatement. She has been the ONLY girl in her Primary class her whole life. And the boys she has been with all these years...well...let's just say they're very spirited! So it was a special night for the both of us.
Teach Me To Walk...Mother's Day Style!!
I felt from the very beginning that this song should be sung on Mother's Day by our combined Primary Children and Young Men/Young Women. The end lends itself to congregational singing...like a Mother's Day miracle!
Recently, I felt that the end also needed support from the organ. So I arranged an organ part and called on our two buddies, Peter and Nathan VanKatwyk. Nathan had already called dibs on accompanying this song shortly after I finished it. Peter eagerly agreed to learning to play the organ, foot pedals and all to be a part of this Mother's Day extravaganza.
Today, I had the opportunity to hear the boys rehearse. HOLY COW! Those boys BLEW. ME. AWAY! I CANNOT WAIT for Mother's Day! It is going to be A. MAZ. ING!!!
Another photo of my favorite musicians (don't tell me it doesn't make you chuckle just a little bit):